Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted an east Wichita restaurant Wednesday afternoon during the height of the evening rush hour.
Emergency dispatchers said the alarm was turned in shortly before 5 p.m. at Angela's Cafe, 10901 E. Kellogg. Firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour before bringing it under control.
Kellogg traffic was slowed by the smoke as it blew across the highway near Greenwich Road.
Rescue crews said one woman who was in the building suffered from smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment. A damage estimate was not immediately available.
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The building is “most likely a total loss,” said Lt. Darren Mullen, an investigator with the Wichita Fire Department.
The cause remains under investigation.
“The damage was to the extent that we could not enter the building to do a thorough investigation,” Mullen said.
The fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage, he said. Investigators are waiting to hear from the business’s insurance company to see whether heavy equipment will be brought in for clean-up.